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Our electric grid

April 27, 2007

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Look around you at all the things you use that need electricity to operate. Your lights, coffee maker, radio, television, and computer. Your cell phone may have a battery, but it’s useless if the cell tower’s battery dies too. If the weather’s really cold and the power goes out your furnace won’t turn on because […]

Money, speech, and corporate personhood

April 26, 2007

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Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard the latest challenge to the McCain-Feingold Act, the act that set stringent limits on the ability of unions and corporations to air ads that specifically mention a candidates name within 60 days of the election. Wisconsin Right to Life (a corporation under federal law) sued, claiming that this restriction violated […]

Nanotechnology may help regrow damaged spinal cords

April 25, 2007

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Nanotechnology is a major buzzword in the media these days. There are people who swear up and down that it can enable a revolution in nearly every aspect of society, and others who scream that it’s the metaphorical sky falling down upon our heads. In some respects its both, but I believe that the revolutionary […]

Security failures at the White House

April 24, 2007

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Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card a letter requesting that Mr. Card testify before Rep. Waxman’s committee regarding an issue of national security. Specifically, Rep. Waxman has evidence that “there may have been a systemic failure to safeguard […]

Ethanol from Carbon Monoxide

April 24, 2007

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LanzaTech of Auckland, New Zealand, announced today that it had acquired funding from a founder of Sun Microsystems to scale up their ethanol production technology. What makes LanzaTech’s technology interesting is that it’s not based on yeast digesting sugars like corn and sugarcane ethanol is (and that cellulosic ethanol probably would be), but instead uses […]

VA Wiccan Symbol

April 24, 2007

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Finally, after too many years and a few lawsuits, the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs will finally allow the Wiccan pentacle as an official symbol in national cemeteries and on government-issued gravestones. For a little more information, check out this San Francisco Chronicle link and this Stars and Stripes article. For a complete list of […]

A Story of Dubai

April 22, 2007

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Picture this for a moment: A company that is based in an Middle Eastern country providing vital services for the United States, and yet only a few Representatives and Senators have come out to oppose the company’s providing those vital services. And the media uproar is deafening in its silence. And the name of the […]